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High-Speed Molecular Communication: A Solution for 6G?

November 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecture Speaker: Prof. Andrew Eckford, York University, Canada To join in-person: Location: Room 3038, Macleod Building, 2356 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada To join remotely, the Zoom meeting link is as follows: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/65786322697?pwd=WmdqSDFXTVdSd3NNb2FGMmlud09NQT09 Meeting ID: 657 8632 2697 Passcode: 225068 Abstract: 6G wireless systems are expected to offer ubiquitous connectivity in presently under-served areas, potentially provided by satellite- and space-based internet-of-things applications. In the search for enabling technologies to achieve these expectations, molecular communication is an important alternative to conventional electromagnetic-based wireless communication. In this talk, we give a brief introduction to molecular communication, and discuss how it may be used to communicate in “wave-denied” environments, where connectivity is desired but wireless cannot be used. We also show that molecular communication can achieve surprisingly high information rates, theoretically unlimited and practically in the gigabit-per-second range, making it a compelling technology for 6G. We finish with a discussion of the current state of the field and propose some experimental next steps. Bio: Andrew Eckford is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University, Toronto, Ontario. His research interests include the application of information theory to biology, and the design of communication systems using molecular and biological techniques. His research has been covered in media including The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and IEEE Spectrum. His research received the 2015 IET Communications Innovation Award, and was a finalist for the 2014 Bell Labs Prize. He is also a co-author of the textbook Molecular Communication, published by Cambridge University Press. Speaker(s): Andrew Eckford Room: Room 3038, Bldg: Macleod Building, 2356 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6T 1Z4, Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/381490